Village Fayre

Committee made up of enthusiastic residents of the village, dedicated to coordinating and running the Annual Village Fayre and Dog Show. A traditional annual Summer Event put on by the Committee and many wonderful volunteers. We aim to provide a fun event whilst fundraising for community projects, clubs, societies etc. New members are always welcome. Join us at one of our meetings, please see our contact details below.

Activity Address Hadlow Down Playing Field
Contacts Sarah Prall and Lally Drake   –   Co-Chairmen
Address Sarah Prall, Waghorns,Waghorns Lane. Hadlow Down TN22 4EB
Lally Drake, Brick Kiln Farm, Brick Kiln Lane. Hadlow Down TN22 4EJ
Telephone 01825 830373
Email sarahprall@btinternet.com or lally@jdouk.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hadlowdownsummerfayre/

Fireworks Postponed

Sadly we have decided that we can no longer go ahead with the planned fireworks display on Saturday due to the new national lockdown. Our hearty thanks to all those who have so generously donated to our Village organisations, all is not lost! We hope to reschedule the display for New Years Eve. We will keep you informed. In the meantime you can still donate, every penny raised will be shared amongst our Village organisations – The Village Hall, The Playing Field, The Horticultural Society, The Variety Club, The New Village Hall and The Church.

 

Fireworks and Fundraising!

We are delighted to announce that the Village Firework Display will go ahead on Saturday 7th November at 8.30 pm, weather permitting. Whilst we can’t hold a public event, as we simply wouldn’t be able to apply workable social distancing measures, there will be a firework display for us all to enjoy from the comfort of our own homes and gardens.

The fireworks have been bought and paid for by two major donors and other local individuals. As in previous years, this will be a fundraising event. Our aim is to use this opportunity to raise money for some of our local voluntary organisations whose events and income streams have been adversely affected by the pandemic. Continue reading “Fireworks and Fundraising!”

Neil Kempson

It is with extreme sadness that we report the passing of Neil Kempson yesterday.
Neil was a much loved member of the Hadlow Down community and will be sadly missed by all.  His association with the New Inn, St. Mark’s School, the Village Fayres and everything else ‘Hadlow Down’ made him a ‘special’ villager. We are sure that the thoughts of everyone who knew Neil will be with Di and all his family
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VE Day 75 in pictures

“our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other”.

Just before 11 am, on Friday 8th May at St.Marks Church,  Richard Boswell  stood in the church yard and played The Last Post  and the Reveille.

Keith Edwards fired a Maroon to mark the beginning and end of the two minute silence.

At approximately 11.05 am Richard began to play We’ll Meet Again… Anne and Chris Yarrow spontaneously started to dance. Thanks to Keith filming it we can join in too…

The Queen’s speech was perfect and poignant, in the broadcast, she said:

“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish.”

“Instead we remember from our homes and from our doorsteps.”

It aired exactly 75 years on from her father King George VI’s address at the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Thanking the wartime generation, the Queen, 94, said: “They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe.”

“We should and will remember them.”

This year’s celebration has been limited due to the lockdown conditions in place across Europe because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite this, the Queen said, “our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other”.

“And when I look at our country today and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.”

we would love to share your drawings, poems and photographs

If you would like to be featured in our VE Day gallery please contact sarahprall@btinternet.com

With grateful thanks to Anne Yarrow, Beverly Williams, Conchita Landa-Font, Judi Lampon, Julian Turner, Keith Edwards, Lucy Mcconachie, Peter Smythe, Richard Boswell, Roberta Smythe, Sam Fake, Sarah Prall, Tracey Boorman

Peace Day 100

We do hope you will join us to celebrate 100 years since the Village celebrated Peace Day
on 19th July 1919 at The Grange.

Last year, whilst working on the Hadlow Down Remembers Project, we discovered this wonderful photograph.

The Village came together to celebrate the end of the 1st World War. There was singing, games, dressing up and a tea tent!

With your help we would like to recreate this wonderful photograph at
1pm at the Fayre on July 20th.

The Fayre will be lovely traditional affair at the Playing Field. You can expect our gorgeous traditional Tea Tent, The Shepherds Rest and Bah, our Pimms and Prosecco bar, Barbecue, Ice Cream, and the Fun Dog Show is back, there will be lots of Local Produce, Plants, Beautiful Stalls, Games and more! Our village societies will be well represented by the Playing Field Committee, the Drama and Variety Club as well as the Horticultural Society.

We are absolutely thrilled The Heathfield Silver Band will be playing, kicking the Fayre off in rousing fashion at 1pm. Homefront Lindy Hop will be performing in the main arena and the children from St. Mark’s School are treating us to a traditional maypole dance. There will be a Sing Along and a Ukulele duo in the Tea Tent. In addition our ever popular Fun Dog Show and Agility Competition are back, look out for more details on our FB page. https://www.facebook.com/hadlowdownsummerfayre/

BE PART OF IT!

We will take the official group photographs at the beginning of the event. If you join us for this we will assume you give consent to appear in the photograph. The photographs will appear on the Village Website, FB page and in the Parish Magazine. We will continue to take official photographs at the event but will focus on capturing the essence of the day and not take portraits of individuals unless they have given prior consent.

We love dressing up but it’s not obligatory! We know some of you will pull out all the stops and dress in period outfits or in vintage uniform, that would be wonderful…but please just come as you are if dressing up is not your thing. We hope that some of you will take cues from the original photograph, boys in Peaky Blinders style…shirts, waistcoats and caps. Girls in white with straw hats or we would love to see Nurses, Land girls, Officers…we will be giving out commemorative rosettes to the best turned out on the day.

There will be an impromptu Sing Along in the afternoon in the Tea Tent

The Dog Show and Agility competition will be running. Please come along with your dog and register for classes at the Gazebo by the Agility Area. Details and times of classes will be listed in the programme and on our Facebook page.

The Children’s Treasure Hunt and races in the main arena will be running. There are prizes and rosettes to be won

HOW TO HELP

The Bake Off challenge is back. Can you bake a cake for our CAKE STALL? We plan to award the winner of the most beautifully decorated cake one of our limited edition Bake Off aprons, there will be rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places plus a separate class for under 16s. All cakes will then be sold to raise money for the Village. For more details see our FB page.

We need Bottles for our BOTTLE STALL, can you donate a bottle or two, alcohol and or soft drinks? Please contact Lally – lally@jdouk.com or we will collecting door to door two weeks before the Fayre.

Would you or your business like to Sponsor one of our events/games? Please contact Sarah -sarahprall@btinternet.com

Would you be available to shake a bucket and Sell Programmes and Raffle Tickets for an hour or two? Please contact Lally – lally@jdouk.com

As you know Our Village Fayre is a wonderfully happy and celebratory event. If you would like to join us in helping to arrange this much loved Community Day please contact Sarah sarahprall@btinternet.com or Lally lally@jdouk.com
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